Texas Annual Conference

General Church
The congregation of Grace Fellowship United Methodist Church in Katy, Texas, on Dec. 15 vote to leave The United Methodist Church. With 2,800 members, the church is one of the largest in the Texas Conference. The Texas Conference would need to give approval for the church’s exit, and a vote is months away. Grace Fellowship plans to enter the Free Methodist Church denomination. Photo courtesy Grace Fellowship United Methodist Church.

Texas church votes to leave denomination

Grace Fellowship United Methodist Church, near Houston, plans to join Free Methodist Church.
General Church
Bishop John K. Yambasu of Sierra Leone addresses a meeting of the Africa College of Bishops in Mutare, Zimbabwe. The bishops said the church would continue in Africa after General Conference 2020. Photo by Tim Tanton, UM News.

African bishops oppose separation plans

In a statement at the close of the Africa College of Bishops retreat, the bishops said the church would continue in Africa after GC2020.
Social Concerns
Amber Ruiz and Jazmyn Blake embrace during a vigil a day after a mass shooting at a Walmart store in El Paso, Texas, on Aug. 4. Photo by Callaghan O'Hare, Reuters.

Mass shootings prompt prayer, action

United Methodists across the U.S. lamented, prayed and planned for action in the wake of two mass shootings.
Mission and Ministry
Jane Marshall, seen at her piano in 2016, became a revered figure in United Methodist circles and beyond for her many anthems, hymns and other sacred music pieces, as well as her work as a music educator. She died May 29, 2019, in Dallas, at age 94. UM News file photo by Sam Hodges.

Jane Marshall, revered composer, dies at 94

Her anthem ʽMy Eternal Kingʼ became a staple for United Methodist choirs and others.

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